Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N6NQZ, Dec 7, 2012.

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  1. N6NQZ

    N6NQZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow! I'm amazed at how many SKs show up each month in the QST mag. Are there usually an equal, or more, additions each month? Or are the amateur ranks slowly dwindling away?
  2. K7JBQ

    K7JBQ Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    We're born. We die.

    In between we work DX.

  3. N7WR

    N7WR Subscriber QRZ Page

    We (including me) are a greying group. I don't know what the average age of a U S amateur is but I bet it's approaching the age one can apply for AARP membership
  4. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm past that. I'm WAY past eligibility for QCWA and now qualify to join OOTC.
  5. N5RFX

    N5RFX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think that is why so many nice Collins stations are showing up for sale.

    Mark N5RFX
  6. N0NB

    N0NB Subscriber QRZ Page

    Rather than thinking about the SK page as our ranks thinning, consider instead that with the advances in medicine and care during their lifetimes that a lot of these operators were blessed to enjoy a longer life and thus more time to enjoy their hobby.
  7. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Its all the excessive RF that does 'em in

    Mel G0GQK
  8. N2EY

    N2EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    The number of US hams has been growing since 2007. Back then there were less than 655,000, today there are over 709,000.

    The SK page has been about that size for a long time. No worries.

    Let's do some math!

    Assume 700,000 US hams.

    Assume 2.4% of them die each year. That's 0.2% each month. That's 1,400 per month.

    Assume half of those who die are reported in QST. That's 700 per month.

    How many were reported in this month's QST?

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  9. W3MMM

    W3MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've always wondered how QST/ARRL finds out about THAT many per month. They can't all be widows writing in, right? ...does the magazine come back "deceased"? They don't comb obituaries, do they? Does the FCC get notified somehow and QST is summarizing that data?
  10. KC9UDX

    KC9UDX Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I assumed that's how it works. But it does seem odd.
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